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#1 of 9 OFFLINE   Buzz Foster

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Posted September 13 2009 - 03:30 AM

 I took some amazing timed exposure digital pictures in Carlsbad Caverns, and want to print at least one to poster size.  I've been looking online, and one of the best deals I found was Costco, who will print 20x30 posters for $8.

I don't need breathtaking quality, and the camera is only 6 megapixels, but I would like it to be accurate to the image I took..  I will probably build an inexpensive frame for the poster, myself.

Is this the best deal, or is Costco's poster printing to be avoided?

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#2 of 9 OFFLINE   Don Solosan

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Posted September 13 2009 - 05:37 AM

 A friend of mine printed up a poster I designed through Costco, and the quality is very good.  However, my design was a montage of LA movie theater marquees, not a single shot blown up.  If you've got the resolution, I'd say go for it.

#3 of 9 OFFLINE   Buzz Foster

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Posted September 13 2009 - 07:01 AM

 Cool.  I have heard about some sort of fractal plugin for Photoshop that allows really good enlargements without pixelization.  Do you think something like that would be worth persuing as well?  I am increasing the size of my image about four times in order to do this print.
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#4 of 9 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted September 13 2009 - 09:56 AM

For the price (so cheap) I would get one each at costco, mpix and whcc.com and see if you can live with the costco quality or if the services that a custom lab like whcc bring to the table are worth paying to have all yours done up that size.

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#5 of 9 OFFLINE   Don Solosan

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Posted September 13 2009 - 02:44 PM

 I'm not familiar with the Photoshop plugin you mentioned, so I can't help you there.

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Posted September 13 2009 - 03:33 PM

I use "Genuine Fractals." It's interesting software, and I look forward to the day when it could be applied to real time video.

Anyways, you shouldn't need that for your poster. 6MP will do fine. I could enlarge it for you though if you'd like to see what you'd get.

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Posted September 14 2009 - 12:41 AM

My experience has been:  let the lab you are using do your upconversion for you.


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#8 of 9 OFFLINE   Buzz Foster

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Posted September 14 2009 - 01:08 AM

 I upped it in Corel Photo Paint and uploaded it to the Costco system.  It will be ready today by one, so it is a $9 experiment that will soon be concluded.

Zack, I may take you up on that if this doesn't work, or possibly for a future attempt.  If I like the poster, I plan to print more for family members, so a second version using Genuine Fractals would be a great comparison.

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#9 of 9 OFFLINE   Buzz Foster

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Posted September 14 2009 - 06:17 PM

 The printed result looked great.  I strive for accuracy in color reproduction from my monitors on down, so it looked basically the same as on my screen.

I still want to go back for more photos, but so far I am happy.  Thanks, guys!

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